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What effect did slave revolts have on white society?

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Slave rebellions generally worked to instill a great deal of fear in the white societies of the antebellum South.

In many areas of the South, there were relatively large populations of slaves.  The whites in these areas were generally conscious of the fact that the slaves bitterly resented their lot in life.  Therefore, they were always worried to some degree about the possibility of violence.  The slave rebellions activated those fears.  They made white people worry even more that they might fall victim to the slaves’ revenge.

For this reason, slave rebellions heightened fear in the white community and typically led whites to take ever more repressive actions to ensure their own safety.

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